... 1945, with the midafternoon deposit by the Soviet Union of the 29th instrument of ratification, and the 4:50 p.m. attesting signature by U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes in Washington, D.C., the Charter of the United Nations entered into force. The event marked a formation process begun with a 1942 declaration. On signing, a prescient Byrnes said that
The date is set aside as United Nations Day, for which this year's slogan is “Global Health: A Critical Component to Development.”
the Charter was now a 'part of the law of nations' and that it was 'a memorable day for the peace-loving peoples of all nations.' But he warned that peace depended upon the will of the peoples for peace rather than upon documents.